Wedding Season is Here: Your Guide to Wedding Gifts on a Budget

Remember when you were receiving what seemed like a ‘Save the Date’ or wedding invitation in the mail or online every week? Well, those weddings are likely right around the corner. Wedding season has officially arrived and although you could not be more excited to see your best friend, sister, or 4th cousin say ‘I […]

Back in Session: Save Money on Back-to-School Shopping This Year

Queue the school bell. Begin the morning announcements. Although we’re currently in the dog days of summer, it’s not long until your kids are back to after-school sports and math homework. This year, be prepared for back-to-school shopping with Illinois Lending. We’re here to show you how to save money, and time, as you stock […]

Community Series: 7 Facts You Didn’t Know About Rockford, IL

Have you ever been to Rockford, IL? You might want to pop by some time soon, because this city has enjoyed quite a revival over the last few years. Whether you walk through its scenic downtown or participate in one of many free summer activities, the city of Rockford will always have plenty for you […]

Community Series: A Guide on Thing to Do in Downtown Rockford, IL

Rockford, IL is making a comeback. The third largest city in the state, Rockford has received some much-deserved attention in recent years, especially with regards to the revival of its downtown area. As more and more developments occur, it can be overwhelming to try and figure out where to go and what to do if […]

Community Series: 5 Free Things to Do in Rockford, IL this Summer

It’s finally summertime. Kids are out of school, adults are dreaming of the days when they had a summer break, and everyone is itching to get outside and enjoy the warm weather. However, getting out and active can sometimes be expensive. Thankfully, Rockford, IL offers more than one way for you and your family to […]

How Much Money Do You Need to Move Out? A Simple Guide to Moving

Your time to move out is finally here. Or is it? These days, moving out can be quite the hassle, especially if it’s your first time. Whether you’re living at home or still in a dorm, the simplest solution to making any move easy is planning it well in advance. Planning your move is one […]

Get Saving: The Beginner’s Guide on How to Budget for Parents

Grilling, fishing, and spending time with the family are all activities that moms and dads get excited for on Father’s Day. Creating a budget? Maybe not. Unfortunately, only 41% of Americans are actively following a budget. This means they could be unprepared if an emergency or surprise cost comes their way. Through budgeting, they can […]

Saving Money on Travel: What to Pack for Your Summer Vacation

Summer and vacation are an iconic duo. Over 100 million Americans will take a vacation this year according to With so many of these being families, nearly everyone is looking for a way to save money, while still having a vacation that provides memories that last a lifetime. There a several options for having […]